October 28, 2018 Subject:
As Relevant Today As When It Was Published
'How to Lie with Statistics' is a book written by Darrell Huff in 1954 presenting an introduction to statistics for the general reader. Huff was a journalist who wrote many "how to" articles as a freelancer, but was not, himself, a statistician.
From the book: "This book IS a sort of primer in ways to use statistics to deceive. It may seem altogether too much like a manual for swindlers. Perhaps I can justify it in the manner of the retired burglar whose published reminiscences amounted to a graduate course in how to pick a lock and muffle a footfall: The crooks already know these tricks; honest men must learn them in self·defense."
Even though this book is almost 65 years old, it remains as relevant today, if not more so, than when it was first published. if only to shed some light on how even your favorite news channel uses true facts and figures to bullshit you every day.
Arlis Tyner Oct 2018
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